Canadian breeder and geologist Charles Fipke already has a diamond mine, but he’ll sit on another, in Purebred terms, if it’s interesting Choose your soul Vinery Stud Shares (G1) can be claimed on March 25 at Rosehill.
Fipke became a millionaire when he discovered the world’s most precious stone in his hometown’s Northwest Territories in the late 1980s. He bet it to become one of the famous breeders. Canada’s best, with stars including 2017 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner Forever unrestrained and 1st place winner Perfect Soul.
After stumbling upon the 2007 Melbourne Cup (G1) run, at a Calgary bar on a Monday night surrounded by partying Australians, Fipke announced his ambition to win the greatest race ever. of Australia, which resulted in New Zealand’s acquisition of a joint venture with Bart Cummings.
For the man clearly linked to Midas, this was a promising mission that didn’t work out, but Fipke’s love of racing in Australia was born.
Now, 16 years later, the mare he kept from a mare he bred by Perfect Soul—Thislissoulofmine —will line up for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stables as a big opportunity in the 2,000-meter Vinery Stakes.
Soul Choice, who crossed Bass Strait to win the past two starts in Hobart’s Strutt Stakes and Launceston’s Tasmanian Oaks, is one of only four single-digit runners to top New Zealand. Excellent Zealand. power.
While those listed successes have greatly bolstered the little girl’s potential value, it will skyrocket if she can add group 1 on her first try.
Not only did she become an elite-level winner, but she was as rare as the jewels that made her breeder rich as one of only nine ponies from the rearing of the last 23 ponies of the late great Redoute’s Choice, three-time Australian stallion champion over an eight-year period, and stallions of 158 stake winners.
Jon Freyer, stall manager at Redoute’s Choice’s former home, Arrowfield, said: “Redoute’s Choice stallions are pure gold and this mare has a great pedigree behind it, so if If it’s in the 1st category, it’ll be worth a small fortune.” study.
Fipke forged a relationship with Freyer and Arrowfield boss John Messara while selling in Kentucky, with Freyer reporting that “he was a great man, a great breeder, and a real character.” “.
The geologist then worked with Arrowfield while learning about livestock in Australia, targeting Redoute’s Choice.
The third mating of the Thislilsoulofmine and Redoute’s Choice listed mare produced Redoute’s Soul, a 4-year-old mare with Waterhouse-Bott who won a Muswellbrook maiden from four starts, before the fourth attempt, bring back Soul Choice.
Freyer said Fipke’s motivation in targeting Redoute’s Choice — beyond the super-noble’s record — was to copy the 1982 U.S. stallion, Best in Show, Redoute’s Choice’s fourth dam and fifth. three of Thislilsoulofmine. It may finally work in Soul Choice.
After winning the 1,600-meter Terang, the Soul Choice girl entered the 2,000-meter test at Flemington and was only eliminated late when she was beaten half-length by smarts. Dunkel. That gelding put her second in Launceston Guineas two weeks later, ahead of South Choice’s two straight wins.
Still fighting against its own gender today, Soul Choice will need to struggle to break through and take the lead — in familiar stables style — under the gunman running ahead of Tim Clark from gate 12. Prowess, who was got his fourth straight win with his neck win in the New Zealand Stakes (G1) on 11 March, tipped to striker from fence 3, with the second favorite Pavitra also capable of going at the right speed from port 8.
Meanwhile, Gary Portelli feels there is reason to believe in last year’s champion, the chubby 2-year-old Australian fire burns could go further in another auction for history when she first ran over 1,600 meters in Vinery.
“This is the second time she’s succeeded in equaling someone’s long-standing record, so hopefully we’ll hit it this time,” Portelli said. “It’s an honor to be compared with the achievement achieved by a horse like Miss Finland.”
Many assumed that Fireburn was somewhat lost after her stellar juvenile season. Since Champagne Stakes, she’s finished no closer to fourth in six starts, five of which have good surfaces, contrasting her heavyweight record last fall.
But her most recent fourth attempt was a painstaking effort on March 11—when she was two and a half yards behind. Zougotcha in Phar Lap Stakes (G2) at Rosehill—this gave her coach reason to believe that she would cross these 2,000 meters and this led the bookies to install her as an 8 chance Australian dollar.